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Message From the President: March 22, 2020

Sunday, March 22, 2020  

Message from the President

Dear DRS members,

I know you are all aware of the risks you place yourselves in, when working in medical settings these days in light of growing spread of COVID-19. I want to bring to your attention some information that is especially relevant for those of you who perform endoscopic procedures - any procedure that involves passing a scope through the nose - which is the greatest site of COVID-19 viral housing/shedding. The AAO-HNS and ASHA have both posted guidelines for performing laryngoscopy and endoscopic procedures. Many other countries’ associations have posted similar guidelines and warnings. Please abide by these guidelines, for your safety as well as the patients’ safety. Stay safe!

Links to the AAO-HNS and ASHA guidelines regarding SLPs performing Endoscopic Procedures during Coronavirus/COVID-19:

Service Delivery Considerations in Health Care During Coronavirus/COVID-19

 

American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery: Coronavirus Disease 2019 Update

 

Sincerely,


Susan E Langmore, PhD, CCC-SLP

DRS President 2019-2020


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